Commissioners appoint solicitors

Warren County officially has legal counsel again.

Following the resignation of Barry Klenowski on March 11, the county had openings at both county and tax appeals board solicitor.

Klenowski accepted a position with United Refining Company.

“Mr. Klenowski’s been a huge asset to us,” Commissioner John Bortz said.

Commissioners tentatively approved the firm of Dodaro, Matta & Cambest, of Pittsburgh, to serve as solicitor for the Warren County Tax Appeals Board.

In particular, commissioners cited having had discussions with John “Jack” Cambest.

The firm is coming on board with the county in the midst of ongoing appeals over the tax-exempt status of area non-profits.

“Mr. Cambest has extensive experience pursuant to the areas involved,” Bortz noted.

The firm has handled similar cases in Allegheny County.

The appointment is pending agreement on a formal contract.

Commissioners appointed a face familiar from work with county children and youth to represent the county in other matters.

The appointment of Rene Johnson was approved unanimously following interviews with numerous applicants.

“We had a lot of qualified applicants interviews and we’re familiar with Rene,” Commissioner John Eggleston noted.

‘We’re quite happy to have Rene on board,” Commissioners Chair Steven Vanco said. “There will be a short period of transition.”

“Ms. Johnson has been involved with the county in various capacities for a long time,” Bortz added.

Klenowski also served as assistant district attorney for the county, a position the district attorney’s office is still working to fill.

A tabled agreement with Dan Susi to serve as solicitor for the board of appeals was unanimously agreed to be dispensed with no positive action.